The number of people who lost their lives as a result of the sinking of nine motorboats near the Bumba region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (KDC) on October 9 increased to 61.
Mongala State Government spokesman Nestor Magbado said in a statement that the number of people who lost their lives as a result of the sinking of boats going from the Tshopo region to the Bumba region across the Congo River, with the discovery of the bodies of 11 others increased at 61.
Magbado stressed that 13 women and ten children were among the dead.
Stating that search and rescue efforts are ongoing, Magbado said they estimate that there were 150 passengers on the boats where 30 passengers were rescued.
It is also noted that the accident was caused by bad weather conditions, passenger transport and cargo overload capacity.
Three days of mourning have been declared in the state of Mongala.
Especially during seasonal rains, accidents are caused by poor boat maintenance and the fact that they take passengers and cargoes above their capacity.
Due to the lack of paved roads in the RDK, lakes and rivers are generally used for transport.AA
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